Field Listing

Waste and recycling

This entry provides the amount of municipal solid waste a country produces annually and the amount of that waste that is recycled. Municipal solid waste consists of everyday items that are used and thrown away, including product packaging, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, grass clippings, appliances, paint, and batteries. Municipal solid waste - often referred to as trash or garbage - comes from homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling benefits both communities and the environment.

This entry includes three subfields: annual amount of municipal solid waste generated (tons), annual amount of municipal solid waste recycled (tons), and percent of municipal solid waste recycled.

  • Afghanistan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,628,525 tons (2016 est.)

  • Albania

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,142,964 tons (2015 est.)

  • Algeria

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 12,378,740 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 990,299 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2013 est.)

  • American Samoa

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 18,989 tons (2016 est.)

  • Andorra

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 43,000 tons (2012 est.)

  • Angola

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,213,644 tons (2012 est.)

  • Antigua and Barbuda

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 30,585 tons (2012 est.)

  • Argentina

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 17,910,550 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,074,633 tons (2010 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 6% (2010 est.)

  • Armenia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 492,800 tons (2014 est.)

  • Aruba

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 88,132 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 9,695 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 11% (2013 est.)

  • Australia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 13.345 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 5,618,245 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 42.1% (2015 est.)

  • Austria

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.836 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,240,918 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25.7% (2015 est.)

  • Azerbaijan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,930,349 tons (2015 est.)

  • Bahamas, The

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 264,000 tons (2015 est.)

  • Bahrain

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 951,943 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 76,155 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2012 est.)

  • Bangladesh

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 14,778,497 tons (2012 est.)

  • Barbados

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 174,815 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 15,733 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 9% (2015 est.)

  • Belarus

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.28 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 684,800 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 16% (2016 est.)

  • Belgium

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.708 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,614,985 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 34.3% (2015 est.)

  • Belize

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 101,379 tons (2015 est.)

  • Benin

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 685,936 tons (1993 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 171,484 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25% (2005 est.)

  • Bermuda

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 82,000 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,640 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2% (2012 est.)

  • Bhutan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 111,314 tons (2007 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 957 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.9% (2016 est.)

  • Bolivia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,219,052 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 268,727 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 12.1% (2015 est.)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,248,718 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 12 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0% (2015 est.)

  • Botswana

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 210,854 tons (2010 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,109 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 1% (2005 est.)

  • Brazil

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 79,889,010 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,118,446 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 1.4% (2014 est.)

  • British Virgin Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 21,099 tons (2000 est.)

  • Brunei

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 216,253 tons (2016 est.)

  • Bulgaria

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3.011 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 572,993 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 19% (2015 est.)

  • Burkina Faso

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,575,251 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 309,030 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 12% (2005 est.)

  • Burma

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,677,307 tons (2000 est.)

  • Burundi

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,872,016 tons (2002 est.)

  • Cabo Verde

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 132,555 tons (2012 est.)

  • Cambodia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.089 million tons (2014 est.)

  • Cameroon

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3,270,617 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 13,082 tons (2009 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.4% (2009 est.)

  • Canada

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 25,103,034 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 5,168,715 tons (2008 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 20.6% (2008 est.)

  • Cayman Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 60,000 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 12,600 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 21% (2013 est.)

  • Central African Republic

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,105,983 tons (2014 est.)

  • Chad

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,358,851 tons (2010 est.)

  • Chile

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 6.517 million tons (2009 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 24,113 tons (2009 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.4% (2009 est.)

  • China

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 210 million tons (2015 est.)

  • Colombia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 12,150,120 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,089,821 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 17.2% (2013 est.)

  • Comoros

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 91,013 tons (2015 est.)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 14,385,226 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 704,876 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4.9% (2005 est.)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 451,200 tons (1993 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 118,214 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 26.2% (2005 est.)

  • Costa Rica

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.46 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 18,396 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 1.3% (2014 est.)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,440,814 tons (2010 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 133,224 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 3% (2005 est.)

  • Croatia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.654 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 269,933 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 16.3% (2015 est.)

  • Cuba

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,692,692 tons (2007 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 255,536 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 9.5% (2015 est.)

  • Curacao

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 24,704 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 494 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2% (2013 est.)

  • Cyprus

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 541,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 72,007 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 13.3% (2015 est.)

  • Czechia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3.337 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 850,935 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25.5% (2015 est.)

  • Denmark

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.485 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,223,060 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 27.3% (2015 est.)

  • Djibouti

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 114,997 tons (2002 est.)

  • Dominica

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 13,176 tons (2013 est.)

  • Dominican Republic

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,063,910 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 333,241 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8.2% (2015 est.)

  • Ecuador

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,297,211 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 683,340 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 12.9% (2015 est.)

  • Egypt

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 21 million tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2.625 million tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 12.5% (2013 est.)

  • El Salvador

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,648,996 tons (2010 est.)

  • Equatorial Guinea

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 198,443 tons (2016 est.)

  • Eritrea

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 726,957 tons (2011 est.)

  • Estonia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 473,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 117,020 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 24.7% (2015 est.)

  • Eswatini

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 218,199 tons (2016 est.)

  • Ethiopia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 6,532,787 tons (2015 est.)

  • Faroe Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 61,000 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 40,870 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 67% (2012 est.)

  • Fiji

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 189,390 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 10,322 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5.5% (2013 est.)

  • Finland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.738 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 769,926 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28.1% (2015 est.)

  • France

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 33.399 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 7,434,617 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 22.3% (2015 est.)

  • French Polynesia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 147,000 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 57,330 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 39% (2013 est.)

  • Gabon

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 238,102 tons (1995 est.)

  • Gambia, The

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 193,441 tons (2002 est.)

  • Gaza Strip

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.387 million tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 6,935 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.5% (2013 est.)

    note: data represent combined total from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

  • Georgia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 800,000 tons (2015 est.)

  • Germany

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 51.046 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 24,415,302 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 47.8% (2015 est.)

  • Ghana

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3,538,275 tons (2005 est.)

  • Gibraltar

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 16,954 tons (2012 est.)

  • Greece

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,477,424 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,040,711 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 19% (2014 est.)

  • Greenland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 50,000 tons (2010 est.)

  • Grenada

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 29,536 tons (2012 est.)

  • Guam

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 141,500 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 25,258 tons (2011 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 17.9% (2011 est.)

  • Guatemala

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,756,741 tons (2015 est.)

  • Guernsey

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 178,933 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 50,871 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28.4% (2016 est.)

    note: data include combined totals for Guernsey and Jersey.

  • Guinea

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 596,911 tons (1996 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 29,846 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5% (2005 est.)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 289,514 tons (2015 est.)

  • Guyana

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 179,252 tons (2010 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 968 tons (2010 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.5% (2010 est.)

  • Haiti

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,309,852 tons (2015 est.)

  • Honduras

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,162,028 tons (2016 est.)

  • Hong Kong

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,679,816 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,931,138 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 34% (2016 est.)

  • Hungary

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3.712 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 962,893 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25.9% (2015 est.)

  • Iceland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 525,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 293,003 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 55.8% (2013 est.)

  • India

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 168,403,240 tons (2001 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 8,420,162 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5% (2013 est.)

  • Indonesia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 65.2 million tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 4.564 million tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 7% (2016 est.)

  • Iran

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 17.885 million tons (2017 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 894,250 tons (2017 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5% (2017 est.)

  • Iraq

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 13.14 million tons (2015 est.)

  • Ireland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,692,537 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 888,537 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 33% (2012 est.)

  • Isle of Man

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 50,551 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 25,276 tons (2011 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 50% (2011 est.)

  • Israel

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5.4 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1.35 million tons (2017 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25% (2017 est.)

  • Italy

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 29.524 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 7,646,716 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 25.9% (2015 est.)

  • Jamaica

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,051,695 tons (2016 est.)

  • Japan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 43.981 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,155,069 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4.9% (2015 est.)

  • Jersey

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 178,933 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 50,871 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28.4% (2016 est.)

    note: data include combined totals for Guernsey and Jersey.

  • Jordan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,529,997 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 177,100 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 7% (2014 est.)

  • Kazakhstan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,659,740 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 136,064 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2.9% (2012 est.)

  • Kenya

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,595,099 tons (2010 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 447,608 tons (2009 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2009 est.)

  • Kiribati

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 35,724 tons (2016 est.)

  • Korea, South

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 18,218,975 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 10,567,006 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 58% (2014 est.)

  • Kosovo

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 319,000 tons (2015 est.)

  • Kuwait

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.75 million tons (2010 est.)

  • Kyrgyzstan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,113,300 tons (2015 est.)

  • Laos

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 351,900 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 35,190 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 10% (2015 est.)

  • Latvia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 857,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 181,941 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 21.2% (2015 est.)

  • Lebanon

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.04 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 163,200 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2014 est.)

  • Lesotho

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 73,457 tons (2006 est.)

  • Liberia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 564,467 tons (2007 est.)

  • Libya

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,147,596 tons (2011 est.)

  • Liechtenstein

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 32,382 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 20,919 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 64.6% (2015 est.)

  • Lithuania

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.3 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 297,960 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 22.9% (2015 est.)

  • Luxembourg

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 356,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 100,997 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28.4% (2015 est.)

  • Macau

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 377,942 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 75,588 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 20% (2014 est.)

  • Madagascar

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3,768,759 tons (2016 est.)

  • Malawi

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,297,844 tons (2013 est.)

  • Malaysia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 12,982,685 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,271,970 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 17.5% (2016 est.)

  • Maldives

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 211,506 tons (2015 est.)

  • Mali

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,937,354 tons (2012 est.)

  • Malta

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 269,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 17,996 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 6.7% (2015 est.)

  • Marshall Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 8,614 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,653 tons (2007 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 30.8% (2007 est.)

  • Mauritania

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 454,000 tons (2009 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 36,320 tons (2009 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2009 est.)

  • Mauritius

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 438,000 tons (2016 est.)

  • Mexico

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 53.1 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2.655 million tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5% (2013 est.)

  • Micronesia, Federated States of

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 26,040 tons (2016 est.)

  • Moldova

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3,981,200 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 609,920 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 15.3% (2015 est.)

  • Monaco

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 46,000 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,484 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5.4% (2012 est.)

  • Mongolia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.9 million tons (2016 est.)

  • Montenegro

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 332,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 17,994 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5.4% (2015 est.)

  • Morocco

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 6.852 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 548,160 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2014 est.)

    note:  data does not include former Western Sahara

  • Mozambique

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.5 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 25,000 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 1% (2014 est.)

  • Namibia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 256,729 tons (1993 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 11,553 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4.5% (2005 est.)

  • Nauru

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 6,192 tons (2016 est.)

  • Nepal

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,768,977 tons (2016 est.)

  • Netherlands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 8.855 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,179,216 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 24.6% (2015 est.)

  • New Caledonia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 108,157 tons (2016 est.)

  • New Zealand

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3.405 million tons (2016 est.)

  • Nicaragua

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,528,816 tons (2010 est.)

  • Niger

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,865,646 tons (1993 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 74,626 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4% (2005 est.)

  • Nigeria

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 27,614,830 tons (2009 est.)

  • North Macedonia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 796,585 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,434 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.2% (2013 est.)

  • Northern Mariana Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 32,761 tons (2013 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 11,794 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 36% (2016 est.)

  • Norway

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.187 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 572,119 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 26.2% (2015 est.)

  • Oman

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,734,885 tons (2014 est.)

  • Pakistan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 30.76 million tons (2017 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,460,800 tons (2017 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2017 est.)

  • Palau

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 9,427 tons (2016 est.)

  • Panama

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,472,262 tons (2015 est.)

  • Papua New Guinea

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 20,000 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2% (2016 est.)

  • Paraguay

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,818,501 tons (2015 est.)

  • Peru

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 8,356,711 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 334,268 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4% (2012 est.)

  • Philippines

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 14,631,923 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 4,096,938 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28% (2014 est.)

  • Poland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 10.863 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,866,746 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 26.4% (2015 est.)

  • Portugal

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.71 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 764,433 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 16.2% (2014 est.)

  • Puerto Rico

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,170,953 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 583,933 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 14% (2013 est.)

  • Qatar

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,000,990 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 30,030 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 3% (2014 est.)

  • Romania

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.895 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 277,547 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 5.7% (2015 est.)

  • Russia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 60 million tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2.7 million tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4.5% (2012 est.)

  • Rwanda

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,384,969 tons (2016 est.)

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 32,892 tons (2015 est.)

  • Saint Lucia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 77,616 tons (2015 est.)

  • Saint Martin

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 15,480 tons (2012 est.)

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 31,561 tons (2015 est.)

  • Samoa

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 27,399 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 9,864 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 36% (2013 est.)

  • San Marino

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 17,175 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 7,737 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 45.1% (2016 est.)

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 25,587 tons (2014 est.)

  • Saudi Arabia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 16,125,701 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,418,855 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 15% (2015 est.)

  • Senegal

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,454,059 tons (2016 est.)

  • Serbia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.84 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 13,984 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.8% (2015 est.)

  • Seychelles

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 48,000 tons (2012 est.)

  • Sierra Leone

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 610,222 tons (2004 est.)

  • Singapore

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 7,704,300 tons (2017 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 4,699,623 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 61% (2015 est.)

  • Sint Maarten

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,326,099 tons (2014 est.)

  • Slovakia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.784 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 135,941 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 7.6% (2015 est.)

  • Slovenia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 926,000 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 430,034 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 46.4% (2015 est.)

  • Solomon Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 179,972 tons (2013 est.)

  • Somalia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,326,099 tons (2016 est.)

  • South Africa

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 18,457,232 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 5,168,025 tons (2011 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 28% (2011 est.)

  • South Sudan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,680,681 tons (2013 est.)

  • Spain

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 20.151 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 3,393,428 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 16.8% (2015 est.)

  • Sri Lanka

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,631,650 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 336,588 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 12.8% (2016 est.)

  • Sudan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,831,291 tons (2015 est.)

  • Suriname

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 78,620 tons (2010 est.)

  • Sweden

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.377 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,416,835 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 32.4% (2015 est.)

  • Switzerland

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 6.056 million tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,937,920 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 32% (2015 est.)

  • Syria

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4.5 million tons (2009 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 112,500 tons (2010 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2.5% (2010 est.)

  • Taiwan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 7.336 million tons (2015 est.)

  • Tajikistan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,787,400 tons (2013 est.)

  • Tanzania

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 9,276,995 tons (2012 est.)

  • Thailand

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 26,853,366 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 5,128,993 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 19.1% (2012 est.)

  • Timor-Leste

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 63,875 tons (2016 est.)

  • Togo

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,109,030 tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 22,181 tons (2012 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 2% (2012 est.)

  • Tonga

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 17,238 tons (2012 est.)

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 727,874 tons (2010 est.)

  • Tunisia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2.7 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 108,000 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 4% (2014 est.)

  • Turkey

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 31.283 million tons (2015 est.)

  • Turkmenistan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 500,000 tons (2013 est.)

  • Tuvalu

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 3,989 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 598 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 15% (2013 est.)

  • Uganda

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 7,045,050 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 422,703 tons (2017 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 6% (2017 est.)

  • Ukraine

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 15,242,025 tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 487,745 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 3.2% (2015 est.)

  • United Arab Emirates

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 5,413,453 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 1,082,691 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 20% (2015 est.)

  • United Kingdom

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 31.567 million tons (2014 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 8,602,008 tons (2015 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 27.3% (2015 est.)

  • United States

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 258 million tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 89.268 million tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 34.6% (2014 est.)

  • Uruguay

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,260,140 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 100,811 tons (2011 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2011 est.)

  • Uzbekistan

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4 million tons (2016 est.)

  • Vanuatu

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 70,225 tons (2012 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 25,983 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 37% (2013 est.)

  • Venezuela

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 9,779,093 tons (2010 est.)

  • Vietnam

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 9,570,300 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 2,201,169 tons (2014 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 23% (2014 est.)

  • Virgin Islands

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 146,500 tons (2012 est.)

  • West Bank

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1.387 million tons (2016 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 6,935 tons (2013 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 0.5% (2013 est.)

    note: data represent combined total from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

  • Yemen

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 4,836,820 tons (2011 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 386,946 tons (2016 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 8% (2016 est.)

  • Zambia

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 2,608,268 tons (2002 est.)

  • Zimbabwe

    municipal solid waste generated annually: 1,449,752 tons (2015 est.)

    municipal solid waste recycled annually: 231,960 tons (2005 est.)

    percent of municipal solid waste recycled: 16% (2005 est.)